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Joseph Shaw
           Professor of Electrical & Computer Engineering          
                                                    Affiliate Professor of Physics
                                                    Director, Optical Technology Center

                                            Montana State University - Bozeman

I am a native of Bozeman, Montana, but I also have lived in Alaska, Arizona, Colorado, Utah, Switzerland, and Japan.  My family has been in Montana since 1864. 

Most of my young years were spent in Fairbanks, Alaska, where my father is a physics professor at the Geophysical Institute of the University of Alaska - Fairbanks (UAF). 

My education and career has taken me on a trip through the Rocky Mountains:

B.S. 1987 University of Alaska Electrical Engineering
M.S. 1989 University of Utah Electrical Engineering
Ph.D. 1996 University of Arizona Optical Sciences

I worked at the Environmental Technology Laboratory (formerly the Wave Propagation Laboratory), a research component of the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA), in Boulder, Colorado from 1989 until 2001.  A NOAA fellowship gave me the chance to study at the renowned Optical Sciences Center in Tucson, Arizona, where I earned my Ph.D. with a dissertation on laser remote sensing, supervised by Dr. John Reagan (IEEE Fellow) and Dr. Jim Churnside (OSA Fellow).  In 2001 I joined the faculty at Montana State University ... back home in Bozeman. 

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